I thank you, Hon
Member. I am taking a very good look at you now. [Laughter.] Thank you. Let us move to the next Statement, and that is the Statement of Hon. Elizabeth Agyeman, Member of Parliament for Oforikrom.
Mysterious Deaths of Children in Parked or Abandoned Vehicles
Mrs. Elizabeth Agyeman (NPP --
Oforikrom): Madam Speaker, I am the Member of Parliament for Oforikrom, the heart of Kumasi.
Madam Speaker, I rise with a heavy heart both as a mother and a grandmother, to express my deepest worry about the spate of mysterious deaths of children in either parked or abandoned vehicles in the Accra Metropolis lately. Madam Speaker, this situation, if not arrested immediately, may assume a more serious dimension as we have already recorded three separate incidents in less than a month.
It is most horrifying, Madam Speaker, to know that eight children, all boys, and between the ages of two and four, have already lost their lives. Madam Speaker,
the first case of such deaths was reported on Wednesday, February 4, 2009, at Anyaa, a suburb of Accra, where three children were found dead in a vehicle which was parked at an abandoned auto workshop. This was followed by another mysterious deaths similar to the earlier one which also occurred at Alogboshie, near Achimota, where three boys, all aged two where found dead in another abandoned saloon car.
Madam Speaker, just when the entire nation was soberly reflecting on what might be causing such horror, we woke up on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, to hear of another horrifying news that two other children had died in similar circumstances around Odorkor, also a suburb of Accra.
In all these cases, Madam Speaker, several people have given varied opinions as reasons and causes for these mysterious deaths, to the extent that some have described them as ritual murders while others think it is another form of serial killing. The police and other relevant bodies have assured the general public of an intensive investigation into the matter in order that the true causes of the deaths are established.
Permit me, Madam Speaker, to use this august House to extend my condolence to the bereaved families for their loss. It is my prayer that the good Lord will be with them during these trying moments.
While we wait for the outcome of the police investigation in all these cases, I would like to appeal to all parents and guardians to keep an eagle eye on their children, especially the younger ones. It is also important that the security apparatus and other agencies step up their watchdog responsibilities so as to prevent these occurrences.
I also believe, Madam Speaker, that community policing where everybody is each other's keeper could also play a vital role in solving this problem.
Thank you, Madam Speaker, for this opportunity.
Mr. Isaac K. Asiamah (NPP --
Atwima-Mponua): Thank you, Madam Speaker, for the opportunity to contribute to this great Statement coming of course, from a mother and a grandmother, indeed.
Madam Speaker, I believe that as a
nation we need to protect the future leaders of this country and children indeed are the greatest assets any nation can ever have. What is happening, Madam Speaker, is worrying.
Madam Speaker, it is important to know that a lot of reasons and causes have been assigned to this strange phenomenon that is happening in this country. Some, as was stated in the Statement, attributed it to ritual murders or serial killings. Madam Speaker, if it is about ritual murders, it is quite pathetic; whether it is about traditional or about political ritual, whichever way one looks at it, Madam Speaker, it is disheartening and very disturbing. And the way and manner they seem to occur in threes, Madam Speaker, give us some worrying situation.
Madam Speaker, I believe whatever it is, those people must bow their heads in shame. Whoever is responsible, whether a group or an individual, must bow their heads in shame. For how will it benefit you to kill innocent children just to satisfy your whims and caprices, whether to achieve political power or traditional hegemony, whatever it is.
Madam Speaker, I believe this is very dangerous and that we should sound a lot of caution to all and sundry that we should never sacrifice human lives for whatever